Chemistry Concentration

Bachelor of Science Degree, Natural Sciences Major

Supply the demand for product improvement

With the increasing demand for product and medical improvement, many industries seek employees with degrees in chemistry. Cosmetics, medicines, foods, clothes, plastics and more—all comprise chemical mixtures designed to create various products. With skilled faculty and well-equipped labs, PCC’s chemistry program adequately prepares students for this broad field.

Because chemists must make appropriate decisions based on critical observations, the PCC chemistry program provides the necessary balance between in-class lectures and laboratory experimentation. Students learn inorganic, organic, biological, analytical, and physical chemistry as well as study the theoretical basis of modern instrumental methods. By knowing these foundational fields of chemistry, students increase their understanding of the world around them, preparing them to help improve lives.

The skills that chemistry students typically possess, such as competence in operating scientific equipment and keen organization and maintenance of accurate records, make chemists highly marketable in various careers. Students completing PCC’s chemistry program often choose to further their knowledge in graduate studies, or they may choose a career in laboratory work or health fields such as medicine or pharmacy.

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High School Preparation

Recommended high school preparation for a chemistry concentration is 2 units of algebra and 1 unit each of plane geometry, advanced mathematics (trigonometry and analytical geometry or precalculus), chemistry, and physics. Opportunities are available to make up certain deficiencies, but time required to complete the chemistry degree may increase.

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Graduate Perspective

As a lab technician/analyst, I really enjoy working in the lab where I get to deal with different things such as supplements, cosmetics, food, paints, and much more. The chemistry classes I took at PCC definitely prepared me well for the job. The most valuable part of PCC’s training was the lab experiments. I got used to the lab environment, writing lab reports, and calculating data.

Clara K. ’10
Lab Technician/Analyst, Chemical Solutions Ltd.

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